Asia : South Asia : Sri Lanka : Uva : Haputale
Haputale is a city in Uva, in the central mountain area of Sri Lanka. It's a relaxed little place with about 5000 inhabitants. Mostly Tamils mixed with some Muslims and Buddhists. It's a wonderful place to retreat for a while. There is many Tea estates around and one can walk virtually for several weeks, without ever taking the same path twice. As it is located on top of a mountain range, the views are exceptional. But mind the sun. It's quite high above sea level and thus the sun is very powerful.
As you know, I am at present involved at in Marketing and Tracking Advisor Cum Guider for travellers.
I also could speak fluently in Hindi, Arabic & English. For your information, this area is very suitable for tracking since no environmental pollution and good oxygen is always available in the mountain areas.
Further, the world famous Lipton Tea is manufacture from this area, the longest factory in the Island is here named Dambatenne Tea Processing Centre. which is 9.00 kms away from my shop. They produce the famous teas. Sir Thomas J.Liptons was living in this Estae and still the factory is possessing old machinery and thereby attracting most of the foreigners to this area, where you will find a nice tea fields. It will take only 25 minutes to drive from the my shop.
The world famous Lipton's Seat is situated in this Estate and from this seat you could see 9 districts on a clear early morning. Sir Thomas Lipton was used have his breakfast in this seat. From this point you could view the Hambantota sea too. It will take about one hours drive to reach this seat from the my shop
The other famous areas for tourist interested are given below:
ADISHAM MONASTARY is a large granite country house surrounded by gradens and orchards this was completed in 1931 by a British Palnter Sir Thomas Lister Valliers.This will take about 20 minutes to reach from the my shop
WORLD'S-END situated in Horton plains. Sri Lanka beautiful high plateau world end is adizzy precipitous drop aterrifying straight plunge of about 1000ft and further drop of another 4000ft one of the great natural sight in srilank ,world end locked about one hours from the my shop
BUDURUWAGALA is a group of seven colossal standing rock out Mahayana Buddhist figures carved in high relief on acliff face it thick jungle. Budduruwagala is only 2 hours from the my shop
Walking or by rickshaw, as usual in Sri Lanka. One can also take the train to visit smaller places around Haputale (the also tiny places Ella, Bandarawella or Badulla, for example). It's also quite common to take the train to one of the neighboring villages and simply walk back that same way on the rail tracks. It's totally normal in Sri Lanka to walk on rail tracks. Trains are slow and using their horn more than permanently. Those rail track walks offer one of the best views Sri Lanka has to offer.
There is the "Website Link" cybercafe with a good high speed connection. 60 Rs per hour (2009). Just walk from the railway station for about 100 meters in the direction main crossing. You'll find the place on the left hand side.
There is the standard range of eateries.
"FarahGuestInn" (home: 0572268228, mobile: 0773471536, s 350 RS, soon also dormitory (2009)) or it's neighboring guesthouse "Bawan Guest House" (s 350 RS, dormitory also planned (2009)). To find them, beginning from the railway station, just walk back on the rail tracks, in the direction Kandy. After 400 meters one can see a sign "Olympus" on the hill, left to the rails. Climb up the stairs to that sign. There, up that hill, you reach Temple Road (parallel to the rails). Then, in your back you can see a yellow sign indicating a schoolboy and a schoolgirl. At that place a little way is leaving from Temple Road in a parallel manner into the right direction. Follow that small muddy way for approximately 200 meters. There comes a green wall on the right side. Don't mind you're not lost.... . At the point where that green wall turns gray, small steps are leading downwards. Descend them and you will already see the roof of "FarahGuestInn". Continue that small track for another 50 meters and the roof of "Bawan Guest House" appears. There the track ends and one has to descend another small steps down to the road (also parallel to the mud track) which the entry gates of Bawan Guest House and "FarahGuestInn" are facing to. Sorry, but it's not that easy to explain.
By train or by bus.